Seasoned dried shredded squid

Ojingeochae-muchim 오징어채무침

Ojingeochae muchim is one of the most popular side dishes for Korean lunchboxes (“doshirak“). I learned this recipe from my cousin Kyeong in Korea, who was attending university when I was in high school. I couldn’t believe how tasty it was when I tasted her ojingeochae muchim because it was much softer than my own stir-fried ojingeochae bokkeum!

Each strip of squid incorporated with the shiny red sauce was so juicy that you could finish your rice easily without drinking water. You wouldn’t even think about kimchi! : )

Kyeong has been living in New York for a long time. A few months ago, I gave her some of my ojingoechae muchim along with some other side dishes. She called me later and said: “The ojingeochae muchim was so delicious! My husband loved it. How did you make it? Please give me the recipe!”

I said, “Aigo! don’t you remember? This recipe is from you!” She did not remember!

Anyway I gave her the recipe over the phone. “1 package of dried squid, ½ cup…”

Later I asked her how her ojingeochae muchim turned out. She said: “It was not tasty as yours. When you post the recipe, please let me know. I should see the video recipe!”

Isn’t it funny? This recipe is one of the simplest recipes that I have. I even don’t cook it but just mix it! I will let her know this recipe is on now. She prefers my video recipe to my spoken recipe with my real voice! Hahaha!


1 package of dried shredded squid (1 pound), hot pepper paste, garlic, olive oil, corn syrup (or rice syrup), toasted sesame oil, roasted toasted sesame seeds.


  1. Cut 1 pound of dried shredded squid into bite sized pieces and set aside.
  2. Make seasoning sauce by mixing ½ cup hot pepper paste, 4 cloves minced garlic, ⅓ cup olive oil (or vegetable oil), mulyeot (either rice syrup or corn syrup) ⅓ cup, 2 tbs toasted sesame oil in a large bowl with a wooden spoon until it becomes a shiny red sauce.
  3. Put the squid strips into the seasoning sauce and mix it with a spoon.

  4. Transfer it in an air-tight container and keep in the refrigerator

You could serve it with rice as side dish. Sprinkle some roasted sesame seeds just before serving.

Let’s prepare a lunchbox with the ojingeochae muchim that we learned today!

Cut a sheet of kim (seaweed) in half with scissors and place a spoonful of rice on it.

Spread thinly, then roll it. Cut into smaller pieces, and you have cigarette gimbap!

Wanna learn these 2 other side dishes?
Korean rolled omelet side dish It’s called gyeran mal yee (or gyeran mari) in Korean.
Enjoy the recipes!

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  1. amikurotsuchi jakarta joined 9/10 & has 5 comments

    Hi Maangchi! i simply love this recipe:) i just want to let you know that
    tonight i ran out on the dried squid.. so i experimented a bit using dried fish fillet and is just as good!! yay.. but here in asia there are lots of dried fish fillet varieties. I used the one that is unsalted and it looks like shredded paper.

  2. i just made this, IT’S SOOO GOOOOD!!! thank you for making all the recipes. you’re a lifesaver.

  3. CharityS joined 10/10 & has 4 comments

    Thank you so much for the Ojingeochae muchim recipe. I have been purchasing this already made at a local Korean market. I just love the stuff. This recipe tasted just like the Ojingeochae muchim that I buy, and this cost me just a fraction of the cost to make. Thanks so much again.

  4. peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09 & has 18 comments

    Sorry Maangchi,
    I didn’t look at the first answer you gave me about the rice. It was long ago! thanks

  5. peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09 & has 18 comments

    can i find the whole grain rice at the korean market? What do I look for? It looks blackish purple?? Also I wanted to tell you how cute it was to see you making the little lunch boxes and then saying, It’s time to eat! You are a joy to watch, thankyou Maangchi!

  6. hokulia San Clemente, CA joined 7/10 & has 1 comment

    Hi Maangchi,

    I just made 4 banchans and they are each so delicious. Thank you so much for the recipe! I used to buy banchan at Korean market already made but it was small portion with big price. I made spinach, seasoned shredded squid, bean sprouts, anchovies and they are sooo good and your recipe is way better, hands down.

  7. peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09 & has 18 comments

    What kind of rice did you use for the cigarette kim bap? Is that barley rice? It looks really good.

    • Maangchi New York City joined 8/08 & has 12,047 comments

      lol, always short grain rice(known as sushi rice). oh, it’s multi-grain rice. Here is the recipe for my multi-grain rice.

      How to make rice using a pot:
      1. Combine 1 cup of short grain rice, 1/2 cup of sweet brown rice, 1/2 cup of barley rice, and 2 tbs of black sweet rice
      2. Wash and drain a couple of times and put it in a pot with a thick bottom
      3. Pour 2.5 cups of water into the pot and soak it for a few hours and close the lid.
      4. Bring the pot to a boil over medium heat for 10 minutes.
      5. Open the lid and turn the rice over with a rice scoop or spoon.
      6. Simmer it over low heat for another 10 minutes!

  8. Hi Maangchi,

    I love seafood and I love spicy food, so this recipes looks delicious! I will try it! I also have a question. What is the name of the song in the video? Its very catchy! Anyway, you recipes are fantastic! Thank you.

  9. smalaniz claremont, CA joined 5/10 & has 4 comments

    your site always makes me so hungry ^^ this recipe is really good because you also tell us how long it will last in the fridge! it’s helpful if you aren’t used to this food. It would be good also to tell us how long things last in the ingredients section. like hot pepper paste? how long can I keep that?

  10. peonygirl portland, oregon joined 8/09 & has 18 comments

    Maangchi, I made this dish and it is sooo good! I used to buy it but now I can make it anytime I want. All I have to do is make some rice and eat it with kim chi and seaweed rolls. Delicious!

  11. monicalt joined 5/10 & has 1 comment

    hi maangchi! i really want to try and make the Seasoned dried shredded squid (it looks sooo yummy!) but what can i do, i dont have corn syrup :/ can i replace the corn syrup with something else?

  12. Casey New Jersey joined 4/10 & has 7 comments

    Oh my God, this is my favorite! I’m glad it lasts for a month because i love it, but my boyfriend hates it. He just fears the squid. :P

  13. some1unknown australia joined 12/09 & has 8 comments

    wow looks delicous
    ill make this as soon as i have the laver

  14. Jessepez New Delhi, India joined 4/10 & has 2 comments

    Great! I have been anticipating this dish! Bought a pack of shredded cuttlefish last week! Thanks Maangchi! I really love this dish, but never figured out how it was made. ^^

    Btw, you really should try Dutch pancakes once, it is really delicious. Maybe you can ask Reinier to make you a instruction video! ~_^ I saw that he’s very good in flipping pancakes (the Dutch way!)

  15. Reinier Rotterdam, The Netherlands joined 2/09 & has 101 comments

    Marvelous! Now i really need to go to the korean grocery store again!
    Great and simple recipe, the ‘cigarette gimbap’ idea is great to do with leftover rice from the day before!

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